To investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of using FITNET-NHS (an online CBT programme) to treat paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) in the UK.

CACH Team: Prof. Esther Crawley, Dr. Emma Anderson, Mrs Manmita Rai, Dr. Roxanne Parslow.

Most UK children (aged between 11-17 years) with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) currently have no access to local specialist services for the treatment of CFS/ME. FITNET-NHS tests the delivery of specialist one-to-one home treatments via the Internet, bringing CFS/ME treatment to families across the UK without the need for travel. All children in the trial are offered one of two treatments from a specialist at the Bath Paediatric CFS/ME Service:

    • FITNET-NHS, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program - delivered online
    • Activity Management - delivered via Skype

The study is funded by the NIHR HTA and the recruitment to the study is planned to be completed by October 2020.                                                                                                                                                                        Podcast - Julia Kan, 3rd Year medical student speaking with Emma Anderson.

You can find more information how to treat CFS/ME in children here.

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